"A new and authentic voice of the urban Latino experience." --Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was Puerto Rican
In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams announces the arrival of a writer who The Village Voice has already hailed as "a Writer on the Verge."
The word is out in Spanish Harlem: Willy Bodega is king. Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty--and a steady income from the drugs he pushes.
Lyric, inspired, and darkly funny, this powerful debut novel brilliantly evokes the trial of Chino, a smart, promising young man to whom Bodega turns for a favor. Chino is drawn to Bodega's street-smart idealism, but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.
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Sapo was always Sapo , and no one messed with him because he had a
reputation for biting . “ When I ' m in a fight , ” Sapo would spit , “ whass close to
my mouth is mine by right and my teeth ain ' t no fucken pawnshop . ” I loved
I turned around and asked Blanca what analogies meant . She told me . I
laughed . “ What similarities ? " I called out . Blessington was upset now . “ End of
discussion , ” he said . “ Get out your homework . ” Blessington walked over to
Sapo ' s ...
while cursing at Sapo . Blanca and her friend Lucy started to run out of the room
to get the teacher next door . Blessington released Sapo and went after Blanca .
And that ' s when Sapo jumped him from behind . Sapo crawled on Blessington ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - BtB_Library - LibraryThing
Bodega Dreams features really well-written, sympathetic characters living in Spanish Harlem. With a gripping, detailed portrayal of the neighborhood and a fast moving plot that's very easy to get ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marciathing - LibraryThing
The books by Ernesto Quinonez were my first introduction to Spanish Harlem. Thanks to my Midwestern existence, and even to some years in S. Texas, I had never known this place existed. Both his novels are fantastic and engrossing. I'm looking forward to more. Read full review
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